PM hits back

John Key has hit back at “knucklehead” journalists. I note the scrutiny the media are placing on a phone call is far more excessive than the scant regard they placed on finding out the truth behind Shearer’s millions sitting in a “forgotten” bank account:

“The one lesson, and this is this lesson I’ve got to learn for the journalists as well, because I accept this now, there will be no more answering questions straight away if I need to get details.”

A recruitment company came up with a shortlist of candidates for the boss of the GCSB, but the list was rejected by State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie.

Rennie suggested to the Prime Minister that he look for more candidates, and he took his advice. 

The Prime Minister has admitted he phoned Fletcher after discussing him at a meeting with Rennie, but dismissed claims that his friendship with Fletcher had anything to do with him getting the job at the spying bureau.

Fletcher went through the interview process, including a three-person panel, and got the job.

Key said he could have let Rennie ring Fletcher to check if he was interested in the position “but it wasn’t as though I was spending a lot of time on it”.

“I was simply ringing the guy up and saying hey if you’re interested in exploring it further ring this guy he can give you a whole lot of information.”

He said he did not shoulder tap Fletcher and spent a lot longer with another person who did not decide to put their name forward.

“This is what these knuckleheads who’ve been reporting this stuff miss,” he said, “what’s wrong with that?”


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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